Eleanor McKinney  
phone: (512) 445-5202
Landscape Architect fax: (512) 445-3432
 

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Buckwheat Meadow

In 1993 the front yard of the home studio was the typical Bermuda grass lawn over hard pan clay – a rather daunting place to begin the vision of a thriving garden. As an interim step, a site specific temporary art work was installed. Through her training in organic agriculture, Ms. McKinney knew that Buckwheat was a nitrogen-fixing cover crop which would increase the soil health. She first removed as much of the Bermuda grass as possible. Then, she sowed a dense pattern of buckwheat seed over the entire lawn area and watered thoroughly. One month later a strikingly beautiful meadow sprung up with millions of tiny white flowers right in the middle of the city. The meadow evoked a peaceful rural feeling that contributed to the quality of overall neighborhood life.